Monday Sep 14 2009
Bail set at $30 million for Jaycee's alleged abductor
By: Penne Usher Telegraph Correspondent
Lawyer seeks psychological evaluation for Phillip Garrido
PLACERVILLE — Bail was increased to $30 million for Jaycee Dugard’s alleged captor Phillip Garrido Monday morning in El Dorado County Superior Court. His wife Nancy Garrido remains held without bail. The couple has pleaded not guilty to 29 felony counts of kidnapping, rape, sexual assault and false imprisonment. Phillip Garrido, 58, looking gaunt and wearing a large bandage on his nose, remained silent during most of the brief court appearance amid a throng of media from throughout the country. He only responded “yes sir” when asked by Judge Douglas Phimister if he agreed to waive the standard 10 days for his preliminary hearing. Nancy Garrido, 54, kept her head down and her face shielded from TV cameras. Defense attorney Susan Gellman requested a psychiatric evaluation of her client, Phillip Garrido, as did Gilbert Maines, who is representing Nancy Garrido. Jaycee Dugard, missing since 1991, has spent the last 18 years in a ramshackle tent city in the backyard of the Garrido’s Antioch home. Dugard was kidnapped at a bus stop near her home in South Lake Tahoe on June 10, 1991, and wasn’t found until her alleged captors brought her and two children Garrido reportedly fathered with the victim into a police station in Concord, according to authorities. Dugard’s alleged kidnapper has a prior history of kidnap, molestation and rape that dates back to 1976. He was released on parole after serving 11 years of a 50-year sentence. Judge Phimister agreed to the increase of Phillip Garrido’s bail stating that he “reviewed various factors,” including the protection of the public and flight risk possibility considering the gravity of the charges and potential prison time the suspect faces. El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson addressed the media outside the courthouse following the morning proceedings asking that the Dugards’ privacy be respected. “Tina Dugard (Jaycee’s aunt) is the only spokesperson for the family, she has said all members of the family are doing well under the circumstances,” Pierson said. He said the family asks for the “basic human decency of honoring the family’s privacy.” Pierson added that a team of psychiatric professionals are working with Jaycee and her family. More charges may be filed against the Garridos “if they are warranted,” Pierson said.